What offices are elected in a Calgary Municipal and School Board General Election?
In a Calgary Municipal and School Board General Election you will receive three separate ballots for three separate offices: Mayor, Councillor, and School Trustee (either Public or Separate). Each ballot is a different colour.
The name of every person running for the office of Mayor will appear on your ballot. The Mayor is elected at-large meaning every eligible voter gets to vote for this office regardless of where they live in the city. The Mayor is expected to represent the interests of the city as a whole.
The names that appear on your ballot for Councillor are determined by the ward you live in on election day. Councillors are expected to represent the views of their ward constituents as well as the city as a whole. The City of Calgary has 14 wards with one Councillor elected in each ward. You can view a map of the ward boundaries at calgary.ca/election.
The names that appear on your ballot for School Trustee are determined by the ward you live in on election day. You may vote for only one School Trustee; either Public or Separate. School Trustees are expected to represent the views of their ward constituents as well as the school district as a whole. Each school district elects seven School Trustees with each person representing two City wards. You can view a map of the ward boundaries at calgary.ca/election.
What if I don’t want to vote for a particular office?
You may choose to decline a ballot for any office that you don’t want to vote for. This does not affect your ability to vote for any other office in the election.
What if only one person runs for an office?
If only one individual has submitted nomination papers for an office at the close of the nomination period, the Returning Officer will declare the person acclaimed and the person elected. No election for that particular office will be held.